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hard line

A firm, uncompromising policy or position. For example, The President was taking a hard line on the budget. [c. 1960]
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In both Israel and Palestine, hard-liners have the support of their respective voters.
His confidants say Sharon felt Likud hard-liners, who tried to block this summer's Gaza pullout, were imposing too many constraints and would prevent peace moves.
30 who asked Abe to accompany him to Pyongyang as an assistant, the same day the prime minister announced his surprise North Korean visit, saying, ''I would like you, a hard-liner, to accompany me.
In addition, most experts believe that hard-liners are firmly in charge of the government and not likely to take a liberal turn anytime soon.
I mention 1958 because of the hectoring under way by California GOP hard-liners, whom pundits call the ``circular firing squad'' because of their corrosive effect on their own party.
Admitting me, a hard-liner, into the country itself may be a change.
But when a new de Sade novel is smuggled out of the asylum by a virginal laundress, Madeleine (Winslet), and becomes the rage of Paris, the government dispatches a hard-liner, Dr.
And perhaps a hard-liner like Sharon will be able to make compromises that a dove like Barak never could.
Musharraf was commenting on whether he was concerned the promotion of Advani, a hard-liner on Pakistan policies, would undercut the moderate wing in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's newly reshuffled cabinet.
Rogan and his 27th District are oppositely metamorphosing: Rogan was posing as a Republican moderate until his hard-liner zealotry was bared nationally, but back home here his constituency daily grows more Democratic.
Karrubi, a former speaker who was once a hard-liner, is the only candidate fielded by the reformist camp.
Just a few years ago, he walked triumphantly at the side of Protestant hard-liner Ian Paisley after Northern Ireland police allowed a controversial Protestant Orange Order parade to pass through a Catholic neighborhood in Portadown.
For 25 years, the name Howard Berman has evoked images of political hard-liner, of the man who knows how to play politics and get things done.
But now the race is on against hard-liners in the U.
CAIRO -- Hard-liners in Iran and the Israeli government both condemned the framework deal on curbing Tehran's nuclear program on Friday, from opposite directions but for the same reason: The agreement, they said, gives away too much.